Thursday, November 16, 2000foot fault
i know all of you have been itching for a soccer update. both teams i played for won this week. i had a hattrick last night while letting my sunday opponents score only five goals, two of which were ugly on my part. some of my teammates question my no gloves approach to goaltending and perhaps with good reason but i contend that i can control my throws more precisely w/o gloves although i risk some slippage on hard shots. if i played more often i might need the added protection but thus far the strain has been bearable. the team i play in goal for is currently in second place with one game to play and as far as i know is bound for the playoffs, while the wednesday night team end the season an unnofficial 4-5-1. im not sure how the playoffs are set up. there are two divisions each night and im guessing the teams to come out on top in each division after initial playoff rounds will play each other in a championship game rather than, say, the top two teams from each division thrown into a new configuration. have to say, overall, as my stamina improves, id much prefer to be on the field than in goal.
pollar ice caps
why dont you get a receipt when you vote?
Wednesday, November 15, 2000fear itself
"So we're all druggies now. The problem is that we also live at a time when the official lies and obfuscations about psychoactives, which are necessary to justify the drug war and the multibillion-dollar industries it breeds, have the additional effect of eroding the personal responsibility necessary to weigh costs and benefits and make choices about how we dose ourselves. "Prohibition has broken people's ability to manage their own psychoactive use," says Earth. "We've created a culture that can't choose." Instead, we are offered a simpleminded and historically insupportable view of "bad" psychoactive drugs as malefic invaders whose presence in human brains and human societies is somehow aberrant. At the same time, people are being encouraged to take socially approved psychoactives (or, in the case of Ritalin, force them on their children). Rather than calling a spade a spade, however, the medical-industrial establishment coats these pills in "objective" rhetoric that elides the irreducibly subjective dimension of the drug encounter. From industry's perspective, psychoactives are not presented as avenues for modifying your own subjectivity, giving you the opportunity to explore pleasure or insight or calm, but as technical solutions to "syndromes" within the fixed machinery of the bodymind."
youve heard it all week but heres todays analogous refrain. we can wire a monkeys brain to a robotic arm but we cant get past punch cards for elections?
you doth protest too much
trick or treatment
Tuesday, November 14, 2000lab retort
"As the war on drugs has marched into the scientist's lab, researchers have devised a paradigm that may help explain why some people get hooked after a single "taste" of an illegal drug while others can use it for years and quit when they choose. Once thought of as weak-willed people who lacked the moral strength to just say no to drugs, addicts are now viewed as victims of genes that make them susceptible to the powerful pull of mind-altering substances."
times will follow
ive been working on my compromise plan. i was thinking both candidates could choose a cabinet and other high appointees and then play a baseball game for the presidency. james baker and warren christopher could pitch in relief. general powell could really pack some punch. james daley reminds me of gaylord perry. he was always accused of throwing spitters or scuffing balls but noone could ever prove it. then i thought possibly of allstar teams composed of players who represented the spectrum of voters. i thought roger clemens seemed like an excellent choice of starters for the repubs while pedro martinez could represent the demos. and why not an alltime allstar squad. babe ruth was definitely a democrat while ty cobb was probably a republican although maybe republican was still a dirty word when the georgia peach was sweet n sour. if the world series was any indicator then....still trying to forget. must forget.
Monday, November 13, 2000over mediated
"short answer, no with an if. long answer, yes with a but."
gore was ebullient, positively gleeful, without being smug at a white house photo op today. what i found interesting was all the people strolling around in the backround. rarely do we see such a relaxed whitehouse press conference. it would be nice if gore won if he could maintain that pose. i hate that we see the government as this body on high. its nice to see even a glimmer of candor. maybe the west wing is having an impact after all.
it is music to my ears when i hear foreign powers snigger off in the distance about our pathetic "election" process. although it was those same powers that called in to congratulate bushie moments after his election was miscalled by the newsvendors. they all called to kiss the ring and have been exposed for their own vapid toadying, or it would seem. other news, sam lipsyte gets a seat at the breakfast table this week. and someone named drat fink was spotted scribbling on the bathroom wall.
im sure you heard that mr rogers is hanging up his sweater for the last time in the not too distant future. in these troubled times, why not stop and take a listen. via random walks
by the bay
in my irregular feature, providence week in review, warwick elects a quadriplegic congressman. interesting story. he was accidently shot in a police station while participating in a youth program for future cops and has become an advocate for gun control as a result.
iron out our differences
meet the pressed
"But coupled with the Democratic side's insistence that state officials' judgments under Florida law should first run their course, the lawsuit filed on Saturday in Federal District Court in Miami by the campaign of Gov. George W. Bush of Texas presents an irony too delicious for many observers of the continuing federalism debate to resist."
Sunday, November 12, 2000edge fund
how can james baker go on television at this late date and still claim bush is the winner in florida when all the absentee votes have yet been counted? because they are sweating. wait until he starts to sprout boils.
how to get a head
i finally figured out what that boil represents, its al gore. like in that movie where the boil grows into a head and then tries to usurp the original head.